[www.inewsguyana.com] – A manslaughter charge was instituted against a member of the Berbice Anti-Smuggling Squad (BASS) Unit for the killing of Charles Caesar.
Safraz Khan, 40, of Corriverton was charged in the Springlands Magistrate Court on Thursday, July 09 before Magistrate Rabindranauth Singh and placed on $250,000 bail.
The court heard that July 03, at No.67 village foreshore he discharged a loaded firearm at Caesar which resulted in his death. Police Prosecutor, Godfrey Playter did not object to bail.
In his bail application, Khan’s Lawyer, Adrian Anamayah told the court his client has a fixed placed of abode and had been cooperating with the police throughout the investigation.
It was also stated that Khan has been a Custom Monitoring Officer for over 19 years. Khan is slated to return to court on August 27.
Forty – year – old Caesar of Line Path, Skeldon, Corriverton, East Berbice/Corentyne was contracted to offload items that appeared to have been illegally entered into the country. Upon arrival at the foreshore, the squad released a round into the air and told the men to lie on the ground after which they made their arrest. The round reportedly hit Caesar and he was left to die at the scene.
A group, including police officers and members from BASS, returned to the scene and found Caesar bleeding; he was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital Emergency unit but died while receiving medical attention.
Reports indicate that the doctors tried to save Caesar but they were unsuccessful as he had been left two unattended for too long and reportedly bled profusely.